By Steve Futterman
Updated July 12, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

You meet Holcomb’s songs on their own terms or you don’t meet them at all. On her first record in six years, this reclusive singer-songwriter retains her work’s odd structure, enigmatic lyrics, and coolish demeanor, all of which will endear her to fans. Holcomb’s quivering vocals, plain-spoken piano work, and shrewd inclusion of evocative instrumental textures (by Wayne Horvitz, Bill Frisell, and others) bring additional depth to already absorbing material.

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